Concert

Erena Terakubo Quartet

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 2:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
02118
Erena Terakubo

Berklee presidential scholar Erena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan on April 30, 1992. She has played with Michel Camilo, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Herbie Hancock, Omar Hakim, Anthony Jackson, Tiger Okoshi, and more.

She recorded her first album, North Bird, with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. In April 2012, Erena recorded her second album, New York Attitude, with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci.

Admission: 
Free

A Night of Two Pianos

Friday / September 28, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival opening night concert features Geri Allen and Joanne Brackeen with special guests Tia Fuller, John Lockwood, Terri Lyne Carrington, and more.

Two female piano powerhouses, Geri Allen and Joanne Brackeen, join forces on stage to present a once-in-a-lifetime performance sure to pique the interests of both piano enthusiasts and jazz fans alike. Allen, known for embodying both tradition and innovation in jazz is described by Rolling Stone as "the finest pianist of her generation," and Brackeen, a creative and whimsical musician whom Tony Bennett describes as "a visionary of extraordinary depth," will showcase their contrasting styles in a program of duets as well as solo pieces. Special guests will include Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, and John Lockwood. 

Geri Allen is an American composer, educator, and jazz pianist raised in Detroit, Michigan and educated in the Detroit Public Schools. Allen has worked with many of the greats of modern music, including Ornette Coleman, Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Tony Williams, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Betty Carter, and Charles Lloyd. She cites her primary influences to be her parents, Mount Vernell Allen Jr. and Barbara Jean Allen, and her primary musical influences to be mentors Marcus Belgrave, Donald Waldon, and Betty Carter, as well as pianists Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, and Dr. Billy Taylor.

Joanne Brackeen is an American jazz pianist and composer born in the coastal city of Ventura, California. She has been showered with nearly every honor available to a jazz musician. She received two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as State Department sponsorship for a mid-'80s tour of the Middle East and Europe. She was included in the Ken Burns TV documentary Jazz, as well as Robert L. Doerschuk's 88 Giants of Jazz Piano (Huiksi, 2001). She has received a Berklee Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, an IAJE Outstanding Educator Award, the Living Legend Award from IWJ (International Women in Jazz), and the ABI award for Woman of the Year 2001. She twice served on the NEA Grant panel and has adjudicated for Chamber Music America, as well as the Jacksonville and Dewars' Piano Competitions. 

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$25, $20, reserved seating

Berklee City Music All-Stars Big Band Jazz

Saturday / September 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
600 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
02118
Berklee City Music All-Stars

Berklee City Music is a national nonprofit program offered by Berklee College of Music to provide music education to fourth- to twelfth-graders in underserved communities. With year-round instruction, expert faculty, individualized mentoring, and a comprehensive online PULSE curriculum, Berklee City Music combines the breadth of Berklee resources, facilities, and available scholarships with an environment of attention and encouragement. Kids get the tools and support they need to flourish as students, musicians, and confident well-rounded individuals ready to shape their world.

The Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest rising young stars, all who are on scholarship to attend the Berklee City Music after-school program and Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

 

Admission: 
Free

Lihi Haruvi and Caili O'Doherty

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Subaru of New England Stage
Columbus Avenue and Benton Street
Boston
MA
02118
Lihi Haruvi and Caili O'Doherty

Born and raised in Israel, saxophonist Lihi Haruvi is now living in Boston studying on a full-tuition scholarship at Berklee, majoring in performance and film scoring. She is a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute directed by Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro. Through the BGJI, she has worked with Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Jim Odgren, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Eddie Gomez, and many others. 

Pianist Caili O'Doherty is a full-scholarship student at Berklee, and a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. She has recently performed and taught clinics with the BGJI at UNESCO First International Jazz Day in Paris, Toronto Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey High School Jazz Festival, and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, opening for French pianist Martial Solal. She was selected this spring as the pianist for the Stanford Jazz Mentor Fellowship, a two-year teaching internship. She has studied with Billy Taylor, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, and Greg Osby.

 
Admission: 
Free

Open Mic Night

Tuesday / July 24, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come down to the Red Room @ Cafe 939 for open mic night.

First come first serve; sign-ups start at 6:00 p.m. in the coffee house area.

Admission: 
Free

inspiRAYtion: A Tribute to Ray Charles

Saturday / September 22, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ray Charles

A Berklee tribute to Ray Charles with special guests featuring new and innovative treatments of Ray Charles classics as well as lesser-known gems from his catalog. The artists will also look back towards some of Charles’s influences and inspirations.

Ray Charles is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest geniuses in all of American music. His music is the crossroads of gospel, soul, country, and jazz, which together define American music. This concert is presented as part of Inspired by Ray: The Ray Charles Symposium.

Featured performances by guest artists, faculty, and students inspired by the music of the great Ray Charles including bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, jazz guitarist John Scofield; blind singer-songwriter Raul Midón; Grammy-winning composer and Charles's former music director Victor Vanacore; guitarist/songwriter Doug Wamble; former Raeletts Tonette McKinney, Renee Georges, and Katrina HarperTracy Bonham and Margaret Glaspy with the Wayfaring Strangers; and Berklee faculty Donna McElroy.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window

Admission: 
$35, $25, $15, reserved seating

Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio

Sunday / September 30, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bela Fleck

Genre-busting, Grammy Award–winning banjo player Béla Fleck is considered by many the premier banjo player in the world. He is the winner of 14 Grammy Awards, and has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history. Hear Béla’s latest project as he reveals the jazz side of his multiple musical personalities in brilliant collaboration with the Marcus Roberts Trio, led by Roberts on piano, with Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass, and known around the world for their signature, virtuosic trio style. The trio reciprocates by visiting Béla’s more traditional musical geography.

Admission: 
$39,$34, $29, reserved seating

Italian Jazz Night

Thursday / October 11, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert celebrating Italian culture and featuring composers and musicians from Italy. Lead by saxophonist, composer, and Berklee Global Jazz Institute managing director Marco Pignataro, the group will also include Berklee Italian faculty members and very special guests from Italy such as the world renowned bassist Riccardo Del Fra and jazz pianist Teo Ciavarella. 

 

 

Italian Jazz Night at Berklee

Thursday / October 11, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert celebrating Italian culture and featuring composers, music, and musicians from Italy. The group will include Berklee Italian faculty members and two very special guests from Italy and France: the world renowned legend of European jazz bassist Ricardo Del Fra and the extraordinary jazz pianist Teo Ciavarella.

Riccardo Del Fra, born in Rome in 1956, is a multitalented musician: a double bass player, arranger, and composer. Del Fra played alongside Chet Baker for nine years both in Europe and Japan on tours, for the radio and for the television; a collaboration which led to the recording of twelve albums, videos and the movie Chet's Romance, directed by Bertrand Fèvre. At the beginning of the 1980s, Riccardo Del Fra settled in Paris where he joined a very active rhythm section with the pianist Alain Jean-Marie and the drummer Al Levitt, while at the same time continuing to play with Chet Baker and the pianist Michel Graillier. In the 1990s the trombone player and composer Bob Brookmeyer, whose composition classes Del Fra had taken in Cologne, invited him to join his quartet. They toured together and recorded the album Paris Suite which won the Prix de l'Académie du Jazz in 1994. In September 2004, Del Fra was named head of the department of Jazz and Improvised Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In 2003, Del Fra was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Communication.

Italian pianist and composer Teo Ciavarella has played concerts with jazz musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Gomez, David Sanchez, Jeff Berlin Paolo Fresu, Hiram Bullock, Greg Yasinisky, Antonello Salis, Fabrizio Bosso, Dhafer Youssef, Stefano Di Battista, and many others. Ciavarella has also toured with theater companies and composed music for theater productions, television, and radio programs. He has performed in various international jazz arts festivals such as Umbria Jazz, Urbino Jazz, Le Grande Parade Du Jazz de Nice, Festival Jazz de Samois-Fontainebleau, Comacchio Jazz, Festival de Rouen and many others. Ciavarella has recorded more than 50 CDs, three as band leader, including Halfway, Prendiamociunapausa with Paolo Fresu, and Teo Ciavarella and Friends, and recorded live in Germany with the Romanian clarinetist Romeo Tudorache with the Opera String Quartet from Berlin. In 2001 Ciavarella was awarded an honorary recognition from the DAMS faculty at Bologna University as part of the 30th birthday celebration of the DAMS degree in Bologna. In 2003, he received the Live Jazz for Life award by ANT Italia. Ciavarella has been teaching jazz piano at the Convervatorio Frescobaldi in Ferrara since 2006, and since 2007, he has been teaching jazz piano at the Conservatorio G.B.Martini in Bologna. 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Mike Stern Jazz/Rock Guitar Concert

Tuesday / August 21, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A jazz/rock guitar concert featuring Mike Stern, with Janek Gwizdala on bass and Lionel Cordew on drums.

Admission: 
Free

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